Sophie Linden is London's Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC) and brings with her national and local government experience. She was a special advisor to David Blunkett in the Department for Education and Employment from 1997-2001 before moving to the Home Office to work with the police in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour as a special advisor until 2004.
Whilst at the Home Office she worked with the Home Secretary and Ministers on policy development and strategy including:
- police reform, crime and antisocial behavior reduction
- neighbourhood policing
- reducing the harm caused by illegal drugs
From 2006 Sophie was a Councillor at Hackney Council until her appointment by the Mayor of London. She is the former Deputy Mayor of Hackney Council with lead responsibility for:
- crime and community safety
- environmental health and trading standards
- neighbourhood and civic engagement
Hackney Council was named the ‘Council of the Last 20 years’ at the 2016 Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards which is a testament to the transformation of services that the Council has achieved. During Sophie’s time at Hackney the borough was also awarded the LGC editor’s award for Public Partnership working in 2014 for its ground breaking gangs unit. Sophie also led the council to achieving excellent on the Equality Framework for Local Government.
Sophie is a former member of the Local Government Association (LGA) Safer Communities Board, a peer reviewer for the LGA on community safety and a member of the HMIC advisory board on PEEL inspections.
Sophie has also worked in the voluntary sector as a campaigns and policy manager campaigning to end child poverty, and in the private sector as a Director of Public Affairs.
She has lived in Hackney for the last 30 years and has four children.